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Pedro A. Ortega

Postdoctoral Scholar
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
University of Pennsylvania

Pedro Ortega on باب الواد (Al-Wad) and Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem.

“Man is the measure of all things: of things which are, that they are, and of things which are not, that they are not” —Protagoras


I am a postdoctoral scholar at SEAS, Univ. of Pennsylvania, working with Prof. Daniel D. Lee. I did my PhD in Autonomous Agents at the University of Cambridge and my BSc/Diploma in Computer Engineering at the University of Chile. My background is mainly in Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science.

Research Interests

My main area of research is in the foundations of Machine Learning and Cybernetics, and I study the links between various topics such as information theory, learning, control, economics, causality, statistical mechanics, ergodic theory, complexity theory. Other areas of interest are computational neuroscience, psychology, linguistics, epistemology and philosophy of the mind. Also, I'm a huge fan of elegant, minimalistic algorithms that are practically simple, computationally efficient, and formally sound.

Free Energy Functional (it's also meant to be a puzzling pic)

Most of my work centers on information-theoretic and statistical mechanical approaches to adaptive control, leading to contributions in bounded rationality models and recasting adaptive control as a causal inference problem. I have also worked on causal induction, and on game- and decision-theoretic models in computational neuroscience.

To get a sense of my work, please refer to:




Pedro A. Ortega
Department of Engineering
University of Pennsylvania
Off. 209, Moore Building
200 S. 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Email: ope [AT]

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